The Chairman of the Presidential Steering Committee on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, on Thursday said with the government’s inability to get more vaccines, only two million Nigerians would be fully vaccinated.
Mustapha said the initial plan of the government was to vaccinate 40 percent of the population in 2021 and the remaining 30 percent in 2022.
He said with the latest development, one percent of the estimated population would be fully vaccinated when the exercise was completed, noting that Nigeria is at risk of serious community transmission of COVID-19.
He stated this while receiving the British Deputy High Commissioner to Nigeria, Ambassador, Gill Atkinson, in Abuja.
Mustapha stated that with that percentage, Nigeria was far from achieving herd immunity, saying that Nigeria is a danger zone and mass community transmission of the lethal virus looms in the country.
He said, “The clear indication and signal is that Nigeria is still in the danger zone.
“The chances of mass community transmission are still there because by the time we complete this phase of vaccination, only one percent of the population would have been fully vaccinated.
“We need support because our initial schedule was that we would try as much as possible to vaccinate, through the support of COVAX and Harvard facility, 40 percent in 2021 and 30 percent in 2022. What we are succeeding to do now is a far cry from that.”
Mustpha called on the United Kingdom and other developed countries to assist with vaccines as soon as possible to be able to vaccinate more Nigerians and prevent the third wave of the virus in the country.